Deadline: 1 April 2016
International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking applications from women journalists from all over the world for its reporting trip to Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from July 12 – 24, 2016.
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Two groups of six women journalists will report from CAR and the DRC on issues related to civic engagement. All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region.
These reporting fellowships are part of the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 to support women journalists committed to pursuing stories that go beyond well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crises in the Great Lakes region of Africa. To date, 65 IWMF-supported journalists have covered a wide range of under-reported stories on topics including rural development, conservation, and the impact of aid. Their work has been published and aired by leading media outlets around the world.
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- Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to the trip theme.
- The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows.
- The IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.
- Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas.
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- All nationalities are welcome to apply.
- Must be a woman journalist with at least three years of professional experience working in news media.
- Reporters working in print, broadcast, or digital media, including freelancers, are eligible.
- Applicants must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
- For CAR reporting trip journalists with a strong working knowledge of French will be given priority, based on the lack of availability of English speaking fixers and interpreters.
- Applicants for the IWMF CAR reporting trip must have experience reporting from a hostile environment, and will preferably have experience reporting from Africa’s Great Lakes region.
- Applicants must be comfortable working in a high-risk environment.
- Must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
- The IWMF reserves the right to postpone or cancel a reporting trip based on adverse security conditions.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply via given website.
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For more information, please visit International Women’s Media Foundation.